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Sloan School of Management

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Overview

MIT, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is known as a leading university in technology and engineering. Since MIT is a strong supporter of information sharing, the institution makes its educational resources and course materials free and available on the web. Students at the the Sloan business school often gravitate to the program for its emphasis on quant and analytics. Since it’s close to so many research facilities, companies, and startups, Sloan students enormous opportunity to collaborate on innovative projects, and many pursue entrepreneurial endeavors after graduation. 

Academics

First-year students are divided into cohorts and are required to take a set of five core courses in their first term with this cohort. These courses have a reputation for being particularly brutal, and the cohort is a means of support for many students during these grueling times. Though faculty often employ the case method or deliver typical lectures, the program is known for its emphasis on Action Learning, labs in which students get hands-on experience and gain management experience. MIT sets aside distinct periods for students to explore their interests. January is an Independent Activities Period, where instead of the usual academic schedule, students pursue independent projects and design their own educational experience. Sloan students typically use this time in a variety of ways, whether it be working in a lab, gaining experience at an internship, or taking courses for credit. Each semester consists of one week in which students take an array of short courses, where they can take workshops, courses, or explore research. 

Employment

MIT is known for its technological bent, so it’s no surprise that Sloan graduates gravitate toward positions in the tech world. Since MIT is located amongst a variety of research labs, tech startups, and biotech companies, students and graduates benefit from exposure and proximity to this community. As part of the core curriculum, Sloan students focus on career development, management, networking, and interviewing, while gaining experience by working with faculty. This provides students a solid foundation for entering the workforce, making Sloan grads a coveted bunch among recruiters and employers.

Culture

The Sloan culture is one of collaboration, and the students are typically thought of a fun and easy-going. Around one third of students live on campus, providing ample opportunity for socializing and group-study. The MBA students at Sloan demonstrate significant effort in planning trips and social events, contributing to their tight-knit culture. C-Functions are weekly parties intended to help the students celebrate the cultural diversity that permeates the program. Students enjoy performances, food and drinks, further deepening their bonds and camaraderie. The E62 building, a 2010 addition to the MIT campus, is the main hub for the business school, offering students state of the art technology, group study rooms, classrooms, and amazing views of Boston.

Admissions

The admissions committee seeks students with traits that demonstrate entrepreneurial ability, such as creativity, proactivity, and a comfort with the unknown. MIT sloan uses past experience as the strongest predictor of a student’s success. The application focuses on a student’s ability to demonstrate success in their career, academic, and community life, rather than focusing on future goals. This emphasis on past success drives MIT Sloan’s preference for candidates with work experience, though they do accept applications from those still in school. Sloan’s admissions essay differs a bit from traditional essays: students are asked to submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. The letter should conform to a standard business correspondence and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Senior Director of Admissions. (250 words or fewer). Students then have the opportunity to share additional information about themselves, in any format they choose. Some applicants choose to submit an essay, but plenty go a more creative route and submit a blog post, YouTube video, or other multimedia format that demonstrates their creativity.